Action Against Racism at Silver

As part of the Silver School’s efforts to address the challenges of racism and to build a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse School, the Dean and members representing the School’s Executive Committee, the Silver School Senior Leadership Team, the Social Justice Praxis Committee, and the Student Affinity Groups came together on February 28, 2019, to identify short-term action steps, timelines, and committees designated to oversee progress with each action step. We recognize that eradicating racism requires changes at multiple levels—personal, interpersonal, and structural—and that this initial list of actions represents only a small part of the work that is necessary for long-term sustainable change in creating a more inclusive and equitable learning environment.

In May 2019, the Faculty of the Silver School voted in favor of endorsing a resolution, Education Against Racism at NYU, passed by the NYU Tenured Faculty Senators Council (T-FSC), which calls for the University to provide anti-racism education for its faculty, students, staff, and administrators; designate support and resources across all schools and departments to empower students of color; and conduct yearly evaluations of its anti-racism practices.

The information below is updated as of July 2019, and will continue to be updated to reflect additional progress. Full committee listings are linked in each action below but may also be accessed at the contact list page. Any general questions or comments may be directed to silver.dean@nyu.edu.

MSW PROGRAM CURRICULUM

  • Goal: Review and revise MSW program curriculum with respect to social justice, critical theories such as critical race theory, and anti-oppressive practice.
  • Point Person(s)/Committee: MSW Program Committee
  • Timeline: Ongoing and throughout the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Update and Next Steps: Upon recommendation of the MSW Program Committee, the Silver faculty voted in June to revise the MSW curriculum to be more explicity grounded in foundational social work values, concepts, and principles, including social justice, critical theories, and anti-oppressive practice. The Committee will proceed this year with curriculum revision work expressly guided by this new framework.
  • Contact: silveraction.curriculum@nyu.edu

PEDAGOGY SUPPORTS

  • Goal: Bolster the capacity of full- and part-time faculty to navigate and address discussions on racism and other forms of bias and exclusion, and to facilitate self-reflection with regard to these issues in the classroom.
  • Point Person(s)/Committee: Pedagogy Working Group
  • Timeline: Ongoing
  • Update and Next Steps: A new Pedagogy Support Working Group was formed in the Spring and has two new co-chairs who will start their work in the fall: Linda Lausell Bryant and Doris Chang.
  • Contact: silveraction.pedagogy@nyu.edu

ADMISSIONS APPLICATION

  • Goal: Revise the admissions application to further examine prospective students’ values with respect to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Point Person(s)/Committee: Ad hoc Admissions Subcommittee
  • Timeline: Review is ongoing and implementation is slated to begin in the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Update and Next Steps: Upon recommendation of the ad hoc Admissions Subcommittee, the faculty of the School voted to implement new procedures that more explicity assess MSW applicants on their awareness of diversity, inclusivity, and core social work values, both in their admissions essays and in their professional references.
  • Contact: silveraction.admissions@nyu.edu

Anti-Racism Training

BIAS RESPONSE PROTOCOL

  • Goal: Implement bias response protocol for students experiencing racial bias and discrimination in class and in field placements.
  • Point Person(s)/Committee: Bias Response Working Group
  • Timeline: Ongoing with action plan by Fall 2019
  • Update and Next Steps: The Working Group is currently examining Silver's policies and protocols as related to grievances, bias, and harassment across each of its programs. This review will facilitate the creation of a more streamlined, cohesive, and transparent system.
  • Contact: silveraction.biasresponse@nyu.edu

SOCIOEMOTIONAL SUPPORT

  • Goal: Institutionalize ongoing socioemotional support for students of color.
  • Point Person(s)/Committee: Student Affairs/Socioemotional Support Working Group
  • Timeline: Ongoing
  • Update and Next Steps: A “Defining Socioemotional Support” survey was distributed to incoming and continuing students as well as recent Silver graduates, and responses and recommendations are being collected throughout the summer. In August, select students, faculty, and staff will form an expanded Silver Socioemotional Support Working Group to review survey information and deliver a recommendation during the Fall 2019 semester.
  • Contact: silveraction.studentsupports@nyu.edu

DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

  • Goal: Hire an administrative leader on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the School.
  • Point Person(s)/Committee: Silver Dean, Chief of Staff, and Social Justice Praxis Committee Subcommittee
  • Timeline: Interviews to begin in Fall 2019
  • Update and Next Steps: After an initial search phase in Spring 2019, the committee did an extensive review with the NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation, and decided to upgrade the position to Director and launch a new search to best support this important function at the School. The search is currently underway, with interviews to commence in Fall 2019.
  • Contact: silveraction.search@nyu.edu

ASSISTANT DEAN FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

  • Goal: Hire a senior leader to provide ongoing attention and advance progress on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the School.
  • Point Person(s)/Committee: Designated Search Committee and Silver Dean's Office
  • Timeline: Ongoing and continuing into 2019-20 academic year
  • Update and Next Steps: Secure position approval from University, form search committee, develop position announcement, and initiate national search.
  • Contact: silveraction.facultysearch@nyu.edu

SCHOOLWIDE SELF-ASSESSMENT